I agree, it can be difficult finding a balance, and you have to do what's right for you.
When I first started, all I did was track what I was already eating. That's it. For almost 2 weeks I just looked at what I was eating. From there, I started to see where I could cut back a little bit to actually get in to my calorie ranges. So instead of 2 tbsp of mayo in my tuna salad, I would do 1 tbsp of mayo and 1 of mustard, and instead of 3 cups of pasta, I would do 2 and toss it with some veggies that I knew I liked. From there I tried to get more efficient, and started looking at overall nutrients and what worked best for me (usually going higher on protein and fat), and figuring I could do just 1 cup of pasta, a veggie based sauce with a little olive oil, and a slightly bigger helping of salmon. After that I started substituting foods completely, realizing that yogurt and fruit was as sustainable a breakfast for me as a breakfast burrito (sometimes, not always!).
Long story short - this was a very slow evolution, and a year and a half later I'm still evolving and slowly adding a healthy choice. I'm absolutely not "perfect" - I think perfect is a path to insanity! But you don't have to be perfect. You just have to try to make a good choice as often as you can, and sometimes that good choice is the one you WANT. Don't think of it as a mistake, it's just another opportunity to make a choice.
Do something everyday that your future self will thank you for.
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